The Last Footman: The charming and sinister adventures of a chancer

Book review: Scottish-born Gillies Macbain crams Irish capers into galloping narrative

Gillies Mac Bain. Mac Bain, who still lives in Ireland,  pub crawls around Dublin with Garech Browne, stars in a movie and becomes a shop steward in a factory, before finding an heiress

Gillies Mac Bain. Mac Bain, who still lives in Ireland, pub crawls around Dublin with Garech Browne, stars in a movie and becomes a shop steward in a factory, before finding an heiress

Did Dublin bus conductors once greet young women with a kiss when they stepped on board their buses? They did in 1963, according to Gillies Macbain whose memoir, The Last Footman, is a very funny, often bizarre account of life above and below stairs in some of Ireland’s great houses in the 1960s and 1970s.

Scottish-born Gillies Macbain, who lives in Ireland to this day, is a real-life Darcy Dancer who crams a staggering number of adventures into the dozen years covered by the book.

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